FableVision Co-Founders Paul A. Reynolds & Peter H. Reynolds Celebrate
Release of New Picture Book Collaboration GOING PLACES
Story for All Ages Encourages Students to “Think Outside the Box”
BOSTON, MA – March 6, 2014 – Identical twin brothers Peter and Paul Reynolds, founders of the educational media studio FableVision, are set to celebrate their very first picture book collaboration with the release this month of Going Places from Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books. The creative duo has been producing award-winning media for decades, and Peter H. Reynolds already enjoys global acclaim for his writing and illustration of a host of best-selling children’s books, which include The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, The North Star, The Museum, Someday, Judy Moody & Stink series. Written by Paul and illustrated by Peter, Going Places marks the first time the brothers have been published together.
Described by Kirkus Reviews as "an ode to creativity and individuality," the story is a modern fable for all age. Going Places serves as a call to evolve our educational system from one that too often relies on prepackaged content and one-dimensional assessments to one that encourages all learners to think critically and creatively. “We are long-time champions of creativity in teaching and learning,” said Paul Reynolds. “We hope this book supports and inspires parents, educators, and policy makers who understand our children deserve curricula that fosters creativity, originality, resilience, and inventiveness.”
Going Places features two elementary school students who participate in a school-wide go-cart building and racing contest. Each student grabs an identical kit, including Raphael who sets out to follow the instructions provided to build his vehicle. But his neighbor and fellow student Maya is inspired by things in motion, which she observes in nature. She then proceeds to invent an entirely different kind of vehicle.
When a confused Raphael tells Maya that her contraption doesn't look like the go-cart pictured on the kit’s box, she kindly protests, “But who said it ‘had’ to be a go-cart?” Inspired by her innovative thinking, and invited to collaborate, Raphael teams up with Maya and together they build a vehicle that literally lifts them above and beyond their competition.
Publishers Weekly says, "While the message about outside-the-box thinking is impossible to miss, the book is also an observation about how opposite temperaments can lead to successful collaborations. Maya is a strong figure; Rafael's view of her over the fence as she experiments with a set of geared wings and pedals is an encouraging vision of the "maker" child who prefers crafting things herself to watching them on a screen." Indeed, as the maker movement sweeps across the nation, the Reynolds brothers hope that this book gives educators and administrators the encouragement and support needed to advocate for more innovative, constructivist curriculum.
Peter H. Reynolds adds, "Kids with the maker-mindset, who are producers of their own knowledge, will have an infinitely more productive, successful and satisfying journey ahead of them."
Going Places is based on an original, animated film called Above & Beyond, which was produced by FableVision with The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (http://www.p21.org), a national coalition of education and business leaders calling for the deliberate integration of 21st century skills into education. These skills, especially communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, are cited by industry as fundamental to innovation and invention, and essential skills for all employees. While leading districts and schools across the nation have readily adopted this framework, P21 continues to advocate for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school.
“It’s exciting to see Going Places bring the 4C’s message to schools, libraries, and homes through the power of storytelling,” P21’s Executive Director Helen Soule said. “This beautiful and emotionally accessible book captures and amplifies years of rigorous research and advocacy that our coalition considers essential for economic growth and individual economic stability.”
The book is receiving critical accolades from key reviewers. The School Library Journal praises the book saying, “The story and illustrations perfectly complement each other. The text captures the discovery of new ideas, teamwork, and the joys of creating. The art brings them all to life with detailed, cartoon digital pictures that show great facial expressions, the fun of building, and the action of the race while leaving plenty of white space so as not to overwhelm. A fun story that will get kids thinking (maybe even outside the box)."
Simon & Schuster is promoting Going Places as a perfect graduation gift, in the tradition of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go. In addition, Peter H. Reynolds has his own recommendation, “Going Places is really for any child – or adult – in your life who needs encouragement to stretch their imagination and creative problem-solving skills to navigate the journey ahead – no matter what the obstacles.”
The Reynolds brothers will be hosting the national book release party at their own family-owned and run independent book and toyshop – The Blue Bunny, Books and Toys in historic Dedham Square, Mass. on Saturday March 15, at 11a.m. to 1p.m. Peter and Paul will both be there signing and personalizing books. Cake and refreshments will be provided at the event. Signed and personalized copies of Going Places can also be ordered online through FableVision Learning (http://tinyurl.com/going-places-book), where a free Going Places Activity Guide is available for download.
Event Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1375998129336270/
About Peter H. Reynolds & Paul A. Reynolds
Peter H. Reynolds is the bestselling author and illustrator of I’m Here, The Dot, Sky Color and Ish; and illustrator for the New York Times #1 bestseller Someday by Alison McGhee. He is also the illustrator of Plant a Kiss, Huck the Goat, Little Boy, Charlie and Kiwi, and the Judy Moody series. He lives in Dedham, Mass., where he is co-owner of The Blue Bunny Bookstore. Visit Peter online at PeterHReynolds.com. Peter co-founded the non-profit Reynolds Center for Teaching Learning & Creativity (TLC), which promotes more creative ways to support teachers and learners. He was honored with the 2013 Visionary Award by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), which celebrates individuals for their "insight and exceptional leadership who have made a positive impact in the lives and endeavors of those throughout the preK-12 learning resource community."
Paul A. Reynolds is CEO of FableVision, where he oversees creative strategy on major educational media and technology initiatives, as well as overseeing the many teams who execute on that vision at FableVision’s Studio location in Boston – and their Dedham-based FableVision Learning K12 media/software publishing group. He teaches digital media production at Boston College, where he has been inspiring students for over two decades to use media, storytelling, and technology to tell “stories that matter, stories that move.” Reynolds is also wrapping up his second term as selectman, and supports multiple organizations, which he has helped launch, including the Mother Brook Arts & Community Center and Dedham Library Innovation Team.
The Reynolds brothers have another children’s book due out this fall with Charlesbridge Publishing. Full Steam Ahead! is the debut title in the Sydney & Simon early reader chapter book series, which brings STEM education to early elementary students in a playful, story-based way. The series feature twin mice Sydney and Simon who are incessant creative problem-solvers, who bring to life the STEAM approach to STEM education – combining Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Arts. The book series was based on an original multimedia partnership between FableVision, Reading Is Fundamental, and the National Writing Project, which produced a portfolio of digital literacy tools to promote the four critical components of holistic literacy – talking, listening, reading, and writing/creative self-expression.
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